New York: What you Need for the Excelsior Scholarship Application

SYRACUSE (WSYR-TV) - The application for the New York State Excelsior Scholarship opened at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, the moment a lot of students have been waiting for - for free SUNY tuition.

For 2017, the family income requirement is less than $100,000.

Families will need to have already filled out the FAFSA and TAP forms. Results aren't needed yet, but the forms should be progress.

Here's the information you need from the Higher Education Services Corporation:

When will the applications be available?
It will be available at 12:01 am, Wednesday, June 7.

Where can a student find the application?
The application will be available through the HESC website – hesc.ny.gov/excelsior
(Note: You won't find the application until Wednesday)

What information must students provide in the application?

  • income information for 2015 on the NYS tax return
  • college credit history
  • federal, state, institutional and private financial aid awards and amounts

When is the deadline to submit the application?
The deadline is Friday, July 21.

How often does a student need to apply for the scholarship?
As with the FAFSA and TAP application, students will submit the Excelsior Scholarship application each year.

Anything else prospective applicants should know about the Excelsior Scholarship?
Current college students who are six or less credits short of meeting the program’s credit requirements the opportunity to become eligible for the Excelsior Scholarship in 2018-2019, enabling them to "catch up" and qualify.

The free tuition plan doesn't include books or room and board.

Help is available through a hotline: 888-697-4372

For more information on applying, click here. 
 

 

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